Summary of passage: Jesus says if anyone causes a child to sin it would be better for him to be drowned in the sea. Jesus warns of sin, saying it’s better to cut off your hand or foot or gouge your eye if it causes you to sin than to end up spending eternal life in fire/hell. Do not look down on any of these.
If a sheep herder has one sheep that wanders off, he goes and looks for it and is happy when he finds it. The same with God who is not willing to let any of his little ones remain lost.
6a) ”It would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”
b) John had seen a man driving out demons in Jesus’ name and had told him to stop. Jesus told John not to stop him for the man was doing a miracle in his name and thus will be rewarded. John was in danger of discouraging this man and maybe committing a sin if he didn’t drive out demons if God had told him to.
7a) Personal Question. My answer: Do not judge others. Encourage others not to judge others. Point it out to others when they are judging others because sometimes we just don’t realize we are. Remove any stumbling blocks and have an attitude of peace and not discord. Sometimes it’s better to mind your own business if you don’t agree with something and let God handle the rest.
b) Any sin. We are all imperfect and we all fail as parents in raising our children and dwelling on the “stumbling blocks” I think doesn’t do us any good as I feel bad enough for my sins. We can’t do everything nor can we be everything; hence, we have God. I repent, ask forgiveness, and I pray to do better next time. That’s all I can do as a Fallen parent.
c) Personal Question. My answer: Stress. Work. Anger. Feeling like I’m not in control. Selfishness. Not understanding others’ perspective nor taking the time to. Impatience. Indifference.
8 ) Personal Question. My answer: It’s comforting to know that when I stumble and lose my way God will come and find me and bring me back to Him. So despite my sins, He takes care of me and loves me.
Conclusions: 7b is WAY too broad in my opinion. Parents do or don’t do a TON of stuff that causes kids to stumble. I wish this would have been more focused. Wish we would have had more than one question on the lost sheep parable. That to me is encouraging especially after being told to cut off my hand due to sin.
End Notes: It is one thing to sin but a far greater sin to make others sin as well. Drowning was a Roman punishment but not a Jewish one; hence, Jesus chose this example for emphasis.
God will deal with those who sin against us. Thus, we must give it to Him as we ask forgiveness for those who harm us.
I love the guardian angels looking down on us. Great picture!
God’s love is individual, joyful, seeking, protecting, seeking, and patient with His lost sheep. So must we be as well.